About the Author
I’m a Derbyshire ‘girl’, born and raised in the county, and I have always lived and worked here. I started life in Newbold where I attended the Church school and then progressed to St. Helena Girls’ High School in Chesterfield.
If I had been told back then that I would one day have a book published, I would have thought the suggestion was ridiculous. I write in rhyme and wonder whether that originated from my love of ‘Rupert’ books as a child when I only ever read the rhyming couplets beneath the pictures, never the full story!
I had written a few rhymes for friends who were celebrating special occasions in their lives but then the idea came to attempt a children’s story.
‘Alfie’ my cat had his own tale to tell…
That’s when the unexpected happened.
Everyone liked ‘Alfie’s Story’ and suddenly it became a challenge to see how far I could take him.
Purely by chance, I met artist, Liz Furness, and she was keen to add her imagination and beautiful illustrations to the story.
One of her imaginings was to introduce pictures of a mouse into “Alfie’s Story” and so I decided that the mouse needed a story of his own! “Fearless Flynn” was born… though his name came from a competition I ran across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. 7-year-old Matthew from a primary school in Nottingham came up with the name “Flynn”.
My first two books sold well in a number of local outlets, one of which was the gift shop at Cromford Mill near Matlock, Derbyshire. As a result, the Arkwright Society (charged with the upkeep and renovation of Richard Arkwright’s mill) commissioned me to write a story for their mascot – Arkwright the Duck.
My fourth book, like “Alfie”, is another true story about three kittens – Milly, Molly and Maisy – whom I adopted from the animal welfare shelter in Ashbourne, just before Christmas.
I can hardly believe that I am about to publish my fifth book. “Owl to the Rescue” features lots of woodland creatures and tells the exciting story of how wise old owl rescues some of his woodland friends. It will be published in October 2019.
When I started this adventure in 2014, I could never have imagined that, five years later, I would have sold over 11,500 books. Thank you ever so much to all my readers – young and old!